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Poster: Reade Date: Aug 14, 2012 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 3/28/73

I'd be surprised if anyone was all that perplexed given anything related to the set list. This was before the show format got overly standardized to include 'drums and space' every night, a requisite post drums ballad, etc.
I saw them three nights later and as this was the dark ages before cable, internet, etc. we had no idea what they'd been playing or what a 'typical' show was supposed to be.
It was just so not like today. Whatever they wanted to pull out and play was OK with us 'cause we were just getting a big kick out of seeing them.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 14, 2012 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 3/28/73

One of the things that sucked me in to the band, was the first two times I saw them 10/14/76, and 2/26/77, the concerts were totally different in character , and during those show they didn't play any of their super well known songs (did play US Blues as an encore on the 26th), unlike most of the big acts of the era like the Who, or Stones .( 2 exceptions, I can think off the top of my head , would've been King Crimson, and Zappa, whom tended to play a lot of new material each tour ).
And the accepting nature of the crowd,you describe ! Everyone seemed into it , and happy (not always the case with some of the other bands I saw).
I was talking to a bus driver, who had seen Cream (att:WT) in Anaheim Convention Center . She said she only knew "Sunshine of Your Love", and "White Room", and that is was loud . But enjoyed it nonetheless . Maybe folks were more open ?
Oh, I should mention, often when I play a show, I don't look the the set-list beforehand , to give me some element of surprise , So I am listing to this show , getting into that 2nd set, and wondering " ok, this is a 73 show, shouldn't they launched off into jamland ?". Then, when they do, that LONG jam sequence to end the show ! I guess this one reason these pre-formula shows are so interesting !

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Poster: Reade Date: Aug 14, 2012 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 3/28/73

Just not sure it's possible to fully convey through words the context of the early seventies. The culture was far less diverse and tolerant, and ultra conformist. Nixon was president. I could go on.
The Dead were proof of a musical and social world you hoped was out there but that you weren't seeing enough of in your day to day travails to get overly confident about.
When word would spread of a gig around where you lived you attended joyfully and without any reservation whatsoever, as if attending the coolest, hippest board meeting or reunion ever. They meant a great deal to people.
I'm not sure if people were more open then or not as you ask, but do feel confident in saying that some of the political, social and musical realities of the early seventies were perceived by many as caustic and stifling, and made the Dead a sure cure for whatever was ailing you along those lines whenever they'd show up and play.